I am employed with at a Fortune 500 organization, and I am a Business Consultant based in the Northeast. Here is my situation:
So I moved here from Jamaica in 2008, and I had 5 people living in my household. My grandmother, mother, father, brother, and sister. A few years later, I went off to college (2011) to study Finance and Economics at a large state school. I entered college at 16 years old, extremely young as a result of academic excellence at a young age (skipped 4th grade and 9th grade).
, you rarely move to the US and land directly on your feet, so we were only able to find a home in an area which was not the safest. I went to a public high school where I excelled and got into a good school. During college, right before I started at 16, my older brother was killed by some thugs that have since been arrested. I did poorly in school that year, but I tried to join as many clubs and student organizations as I could, in order to get my mind off of things. Second year of college, my grandmother who raised me passed away due to breast cancer. This was extremely hard on me, because I believe that she the person whom I was closest with, my grades suffered as a result. Junior year, I had two jobs, I was head of the school growth and engagement efforts for a billionaire and his app. I obtained this connection through a classmate. At the beginning of senior year, my father passed away at the beginning of the interview
process - I told him interested I was in interviewing and potentially working for company X. He was really excited for me and said to me on his hospital bed, Go work for X and take care of the family - the day before he passed away.
A two months later, while I was submitting my application, my mom called to reveal that she had just been diagnosed with terminal cancer. I did not have the GPA required for my company, but I believe that I am intelligent enough to perform all the duties required, and that my GPA is not an accurate representation of my academic capability, due to the succession of tragic circumstances I had to face during my time at University.
On my resume, I inflated my GPA, but everything else was accurate. My internships, sports involvement, community involvement, volunteering. Then I realized that I had to submit a transcript and here is where I messed up. The transcript request at interview was for an unofficial copy, which was via Microsoft word, and I went in and changed a few grades. I didn't think this was a big deal at the moment, but now the company is asking for an official copy of my transcript, and I am afraid that I will be fired, with a mom with cancer and a 9 year old sister to support.
Please tell me what I can do, what I should do, or what are my options? Thank you.